“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Mt. 7:13-14)
According to Jesus, when you step through the narrow gate, you’re not at the destination yet. You have a path to walk on. Jesus speaks of entering into the narrow path which leads to life. Though we have the promise of life, we do not attain that life until we continue to the destination without turning away. This is compared to a race toward an imperishable prize from which one could be disqualified (1 Cor. 9:24-26) as well as a fight of faith to “take hold of eternal life” (1 Tim. 6:12, 19).
You have two options, two paths. A short life of fun and pleasure (with great pain attached) and in the end, destruction. Or you choose something you see great value in and you set aside the things that don’t please God, starting down a path of growth, and you end up in the resurrection with eternal life with Christ.
It’s a no-brainer. As believers, the old life still calls and there is still the possibility that you might turn back, but this is why we must hold fast our confession of hope, fighting the good fight of faith, encouraging each other in community, and abiding daily in the Word, “which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance” (Acts 20:32) on the Day of Christ.
Brief New Testament Study On Future Salvation:
Scripture is clear that we await and press on toward a future salvation. Knowing His disciples will face hatred and persecution, Jesus says, “it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved” (Mt. 10:22) and while commanding His disciples to preach the gospel to all creation, He asserts, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:16) on the Day of Judgment (cf. Jn. 5:28-29).
Paul told the Roman believers, “for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.” (13:11) He told the Thessalonians to put on “as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:8-9). In instructing Timothy how he should shepherd the church in Ephesus, Paul said, “persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.” (1 Tim. 4:15)
The author of Hebrews says we are “those who will inherit salvation” (1:14), that Christ “will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him” (9:28), and “we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving [or saving] of the soul.” (10:29)
James commands the church, “putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.” (1:21) In other words, if you “accept the word planted in you” as you walk with the Lord, believers are told that this word “can save you” (NIV).
Peter tells us that we are “protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” and this will be “the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Pet. 1:5, 9)